Yesterday, fourteen of our Suzuki piano students shared their music with residents of Aegis Assisted Living of Carmichael. Dressed in costume, we had two four-year old students, several five-year olds, all the way up to a 15 year old student who now accompanies for her high school choir. The Suzuki Piano Academy will continue to create performing opportunities for students whenever possible. Performance is a key component for Suzuki piano students. It not only is an experience in performing, but in learning how to practice with a purpose. Practice suddenly becomes much more purposeful when the next performance is in 4 weeks. Suzuki piano students are relaxed performers because not only do they play by memory, but every lesson is like a performance. Together as teacher and student, we jump in and out of pieces, wherever we need to, by memory. Suzuki piano develops fluency and confidence in the repertoire and performance experience.